PETALING JAYA: Bowler Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore is eager to prove her worth in the elite ranks of the national set-up.
The Sarawakian was recently promoted from the disbanded back-up squad due to funds realignment from the National Sports Council (NSC) that prompted the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress (MTBC) to have an 18-member elite squad.
“I want to prove that I’m worthy of promotion to the elite ranks. I think my inclusion in the elite set-up was not a matter of chance because I was bowling well for the past few months,” said Jacqueline.
She bagged two silver medals in the Asian championships in the United Arab Emirates in January. She won a medal in the doubles with Siti Safiyah Amirah and added another in the trios with Siti Shazwani Ahmad Suhaimi and Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani.
And in the Brunswick Euro Challenge in France last week, Jacqueline was in impressive form to qualify for the elimination rounds, only to miss the step-ladder by 13 pins.
“It was a good experience for me because it was my first time competing in Europe against top-class bowlers,” she said. “I learnt a lot from competing against them and although the lanes could be tough at times, I managed well.”
In the ongoing Astro inter-state championships, Jacqueline kept up her good form and bagged the singles gold medal on Wednesday.
“I hope I can continue my good form in the national championships, which follow the inter-state competitions. Hopefully, I can carry the momentum throughout the year,” she said.
Jacqueline added that she hoped to make the team for the women’s world championships in Hong Kong in September.
“I know that competition for places in the team is going to be tough. But I will fight for a spot,” she said.
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